Important notices of relevant information for providers of Early Childhood Education and School –Age Care:


New Licensing Requirements - Effective May 1, 2015

Please click on the PDF links below to access the newly revised Minimum Licensing and Registration Requirements for Child Care Centers, Child Care Family Homes, Registered Child Care Family Homes and Out-of-School Time facilities. Please note that the new revisions are highlighted in yellow. The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education will mail a copy of the new requirements to all licensed centers and all licensed and registered homes no later than February 13, 2015. Please note that although the new requirements have an official effective date of January 1, 2015 listed on each booklet, enforcement of the new requirements will not begin until May 1, 2015.  Facilities operating "stand alone" school age programs, both before and after school programs and school age summer programs, will full under the new Out-of-School Time Minimum Licensing Requirements. (Facilities offering school age care as well as pre-school and/or infant/toddler care may choose the option of using the Out-of-School Time requirements, but would need to apply for a separate license to use these requirements.

Questions regarding the new requirements should be directed to your local Child Care Licensing Specialist or the Child Care Licensing Main Office at 501-682-8950 or 1-800-445-3316


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Child Care Center Licensing Requirements


Licensed Child Care Family Home Licensing Requirements


Out-of-School Time Licensing Requirements


Registered Child Care Family Home Licensing Requirements



New Guidelines for Approved First Aid and CPR Training

The current minimum licensing requirements specify that the First Aid and CPR training must be provided by American Red Cross or American Heart Association certified trainers.  This requirement will be revised during the next round of licensing standards revisions and will state the following three criteria for approved First Aid and CPR training. 

·         The curriculum shall conform with current American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines.  

·         The curriculum shall require hands-on, skill-based instruction, as well as written and practical testing. Training and certification that is provided solely “on-line” will not be accepted.

·         The instructor shall be qualified and authorized to teach the curriculum and shall be certified by a nationally recognized organization.

Pending the revision to the minimum licensing standards, this change will be in effect immediately as it is consistent with the intent of the current standard.